Oscar García Segui
“Knowledge is like a Swiss pocket knife“
Conveyance and mocking of contempt through irony might be understood as.. what ? Wait..!
Sculpture had always had a special use in the ancient times. It was one of the plastic arts bound to represent and pay tribute to the beloved superior figures of those historic people. Modern sculpture not only shook those ideas in terms of materials used but also the contempt of works of art. Oscar García Segui, a Venezuelan sculptor, understands and realises this visual art as a means of particularly conveying classic social values.
In light of that understanding, Garcia Segui’s work is considered as a beautiful sarcasm. Its beauty lies with an homage to the feminine body and virtues.
“I do highlight the virtues of the woman body according to today’s beauty patterns: skinny bodies, surreal volumes, keeping an eye on the women’s capability of achieving a lot, thanks to their sex appeal,” García Segui says and reveals a sort of critic to socio cultural approaches of most societies worldwide. He explains why a “classic” heart is used in his works as a proof of the sarcastic intention. “The women that I represent make use of their feminine attributes to play with their lovers. That is why I use a classic heart denoting a kitschy element in contrast to these women’s wickedness.”
In fact, sculpture looks like the ideal plastic art to embrace such a message. “To me, with sculpture is easier to represent the objects in three dimensions. Three dimensions allow me to have a better visualisation of the work,” explains Garcia Segui. However, he could have been bound to develop to the full in others arts. His grandfather was an established painter that influenced many of his family members. Garcia Segui tried in every way. He started with painting, took some sculpture courses and worked later as an illustrator.
“I discovered welding, as blacksmith for construction purposes. It offered me new possibilities of mixing techniques. At the moment, I implement carpentry and smithy. It is a mixture that came together with time. The last pieces that I’ve been doing are based on a metallic structure, thus giving it a sort of motion. With it, one can see the expression and finish of the artwork. With a good structure, one can achieve great results and finish within the type of work that I’m doing”, Garcia Segui continues. Resin is also applied for modelling his women’s silhouette.